Estes Elementary School’s third/fourth grade teacher Lauren Coomes has been named the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts’ Teacher of the Year. The way that Coomes was nominated is a story in itself. In the spring, Estes students were recognized for their accomplishments in art by the Daviess County Conservation Districts’ Art Poster Contest. That day, the group took notice of the Estes garden. After speaking with Coomes and learning about the amazing Estes Garden Day, the (DCCD) decided to nominate Coomes.
“I was shocked. It’s an incredible experience to win an award for something that I love to do. I’m happy to work in a district that supports creativity,” said Lauren Coomes, Estes teacher.
“Ms. Coomes is an innovator. From the unique moveable desks in her classroom, to the hands-on lessons she creates for her students. She is a special teacher with a passion that carries over to her students,” said Shari Flagg, Estes principal.
The Estes garden was started last year when Coomes noticed that her students for the most part do not get exposure to the agriculture community because they live in the city.
“The garden makes the students excited. My students literally pull up weeds and bring them into class to ask what they are. We are incorporating real-world learning into our curriculum,” added Coomes.
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